DNC chairwoman faults Republicans for rule that helped put Obama into office 

Tim Graham of Newsbusters posted on a recent television interview in which DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made the essentially indefensible argument against voter-identification laws. (If you find someone who literally has no picture ID, call me and I'll come visit their cave with you.) That's to be expected, of course.

But she also brought up a Florida proposal that I hadn't heard of. It really jumped out at me:

[T]his is particularly offensive to women voters, there's actually a provision in a bill that's been introduced and pushed by the House speaker in Florida that says that a newly married woman cannot actually vote without bringing her marriage certificate to a polling place, and at that point, she can only vote a provisional ballot if her voter registration hasn't officially been changed to her newly married name.

Women who change their names upon marriage are often given a lot of grief by governments, banks and other institutions that require identification, so I sympathize with her complaint.

But I also have this memory of a state senate candidate who won his first election by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot. This particular candidate challenged the petition signatures of all the other candidates -- including a sitting state senator. According to a local newspaper, he got at least one signer disqualified on the grounds that she was married but had signed her maiden name on his opponent's petition.

I bet you can guess who that state senate candidate was. He's written a couple of best-selling books.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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